Some PGA Tour members like to “play their way” into a major believing the competition sharpens them in preparing to compete the week before a major championship such as this week’s U.S. Open. Daniel Berger proved it works for him by winning his first Tour event, the FedEx St. Jude Classic, on his way to teeing it up at Oakmont.
In spite of a 2 ½ hour rain delay Sunday Berger, a TaylorMade Golf staffer, overcame challenges from young gun Brooks Koepka, a soon to be on the PGA Tour Champions Steve Striker and Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson.
And he did with a new driver and fairway woods. After earlier in the week playing a practice round at Oakmont Berger dropped the TaylorMade R15 model driver he had been using for 18 months, the one taking him to an 11th place finish in last year’s FedExCup, 25th on the money list and 2015 Rookie of the Year honors.
Berger switched to the M2 by TaylorMade with a Fujidura Pro 53X shaft with 10.5 degrees but set to 10 degrees. For the week over the TPC Southwinds course in suburban Memphis he averaged 309.8 yards from the tee with it.
He also put an M2 model 3HL 17 degree M2 fairway wood in the bag shafted with a UST Mamiya Elements Chrome 75 replacing a TaylorMade JetSpeed of the same loft he had been carrying for over a year.
Berger is one player who sticks with what works as shown by his selection of irons which include a 2011 model TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour 3-iron and for the 4-iron through pitching wedge, the TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC Forged model, also from 2011. All of his irons have Project X 6.5 shafts. His wedges are TaylorMade Tour Preferred EFs. The 50 degree has the Tour Grind which the 56 and 60 degree have the ATV grind.
Another longtime resident of Berger’s bag is his putter, the Ghost Tour Corza which was originally made by TaylorMade in 2010.
The Tour’s latest winner only breaks away from the TaylorMade family when it comes to the ball he plays, a Titleist Pro V1X.
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